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    April 20, 2013
    2:44 - 3:13am PDT  

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will have conclusionary remarks as my colleagues will. through the chair if we open this up through public comment. >> public comment is two minutes and a soft bell when you have third seconds left and a louder bell when the time is up. supervisor kim. >> thank you. i will call up 10 speakers at a time. i acknowledge everyone may not be here but i will call them in the order we received them. [calling speaker names]
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. [speaking foreign language] >> good afternoon. i represent [inaudible]. we're the largest tenant base organization in the city and our 1,000 members. we have one fourth of the members in district six
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and wanted to talk about this because it has elderly tenants. >> [speaking foreign language] >> >> most senior citizens are dependent and use sidewalks to get to transportation and our
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members go to chinatown to run errands or afternoon walks daily. we often hear stories from members getting into accidents on street intersections and they're too slow and cars will honk at them while they're in the intersection with the signal . [speaking foreign language]
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>> with such a high density of senior housing in district 6 we need longer count downs and with seniors with limited mobility to cross the streets. we must improve the streets so all residents can cross safely and i hope to see more improvements in the future. thank you. >> next speaker. good afternoon. my name is earnteen waters rice. i have been preach to muni for years to get offices talking and traffic offices at first, second and third and i might add sixth street now. there are no cop foot parals. there is insufficient lighting. i live downtown which is the most congested area in the city you know. seniors and disabled
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are very -- at risk. the worse ones are the speeding bikers that i blow my whistle at everyday because they ride on the sidewalk which they're not supposed to, on the embarcadero they have a lane but they don't stop. i try to cross at washington and the embarcadero and it's impossible. they don't stop. i try to cross that street. so we have a lot to do. community districts can help with the funding. we don't have that downtown and david perhaps can you help with that and i think i covered it all. >> thank you. >> good afternoon. i am kevin stall and a resident of district 6 and work as a tenant organizer at the sro collaborative and
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district 6 has some of the most dangerous intersections in the city and i have been hit almost a couple of times in those intersections which i am glad i haven't but there is dense population of children in district 6 so i would like to make sure that the neighborhood safety be prioritized for district 6 so protect the children and their families plus seniors and disabled and anyone and everyone that lives and works and visits this part of the city so no more accidents and fatalities happen in this part of the city. thank you. >> thank you mr. stall. >> chinatown reach and improvement project. first i would like to thank this committee for your leadership in promoting pedestrian safety. i think this is one of the most important things for our city.
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i think that all the programs that were presented today are really promising. i guess my comment is that i want to echo supervisor kim. we would like to see more detail as far as the high priority streets, high priority intersections, and when work is going to be done. we would like to urge city staff from this point on to work closely with neighborhood groups. i think it's essential that we can fine tune at the neighborhood level, and also i would like to see that this city would challenge the assumption that we need to accommodate regional traffic, and that we should hold pedestrian safety as a hirer and more important
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objective than moving regional traffic. thank you. >> thank you mr. chin. >> here, here. i am elizabeth stamp the executive director of walk san francisco and i want to thank all of you, supervisor kim for leading the charge on the hearing and supervisor wiener for co-chairing and president chiu all of you have been committed to pedestrian safety. thank you. we are very excited to working to win an action plan on safety and plan for the city for a long time and the walk to workday last friday and thanks to all of you for participating in that. we think it's a strong strategy, e spell the metric of fixing miles a year and raises to the level of new york and chicago and what those cities are doing to make their cities
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mow walkable. we think it's critical with the strategies to have monitoring and we believe there are on line tracking component that will be released and that is critical for accountability for the program and of course frequent reporting and i hope that you meet with the agencies and hold meetings and what we have fixed? how many bulb outs have we added? much of is about funding and i encourage you to provide through the transportation authority and the general fund the funding needed to really make this happen, and also we're excited about the focus on the work that the police department and mta are working together on, and we're concerned that there's still no data how many people were hit last year or how this
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enforcement is going, so thank you and i hope that we can get also to the zero death goal in san francisco. thank you. >> thank you ms. stamp. >> hi. my name is theresa dolores and i'm a parent that lives in district 6 almost all my life. i have three children and my kids actually went to filipino education center school. i live on folsom street nearby six entrance and exit freeways. never before i have seen -- that today currently there are increased traffic on each of those major streets that we have from tenth all the way to main street. all of these entrances are freeway and exit traffic are located on these
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streets. my uncle was hit by a car. he's now invalid. a grandparent was hit on seventh street and howard street and he died. he was hit by a motorcycle. two school children were hit over at that elementary school campus at forsom and seventh street. the campus is on fourth street, fourth and harrison and that is where the filipino education campus for k-eight. i am really worried because i almost got hit many times. i live on tenth and folsom and no where even though there is 25-mile speed limit there drivers don't pay attention and also around the school corridor there is a 25-mile speed limit, but i think that should be reduced to 15,
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and also there's no where -- there's big signage on that corner where seventh folsom street and harrison and in that area and on the middle school campus. i really am concerned that we need -- >> thank you. >> thank you. >> is it on? there it goes. let's see. that was my mother so she talked growing up there and i would also like to point out from going there in elementary and also my experiences now it's changed a lot. a lot of people are coming to the city to work and there's a lot of tourism so a lot more car congestion coming in and so
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in district 6 there's a lot of freeways going in and out, so you see that -- cars are trying to beat the light in the morning and in the afternoons just trying to go home and go to work, and also talking about enforcements and public enforcements there was an incident i think last month. i work at [inaudible] as a youth coordinator and took them to the park and there was a police officer that went inside the park with a motor bike and drove around there and i am looking at the signs "no bikes, no skate boards" so why is this allowed? and talking about the trainings how can trainings be used correctly and implemented safely for the community if we're talking about public safety and a vehicle going inside a public
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space is -- that's not safety, and then also like talking about the designs that are happening in the city too, and i think it's on eighth where the public library is at there have been designs change and implemented, and there was an experience where me and my mom crashed into another car because we didn't know design was e. implemented and education is important and there is no proper funding for this but education on public design is really important. thank you. >> thank you. and before we have mr. smith come up i want to call 10 more speaker cards. [calling speaker names]
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>> chair wiener, supervisors, i am rick smith. my wife and i are residents of district 6. the strategy has much that we're getting excited about and grateful it prioritizes prevention of injury and death and securing the schools. the first is block the intersection. supervisor kim represented that well. i will add two parts. my understanding is new york has classified violation to a parking violation and allows the parking enforcement officers to join in and contribute, and the other is discourage muni bus drivers from engaging in this
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activity. a double length bus is effective at blocking the street way. it would help along mission and market for the drivers to wait for the lights. the second item on the turns mentioned in the report. my request is for explicit inclusion that the city allocate separate time for pedestrians and cars. both for the safety of the pedestrians and the sanity of the cars. i have seen high pedestrian areas where zero cars have been area to make the turns because of pedestrians own the crosswalk. a big thanks to the mayor's office for convening the task force and producing the strategy. to the supervisors for your excellent oversight. for your advocacy and the city departments for the execution of the plan. thank you. >> thank you mr. smith. >> [inaudible] supervisors. i was glad today when i heard a
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senior speak on an issue that is very important to me and that is pedestrian bicycle safety because i walk -- i live in district 6 also on terp their tailor but sometimes i go to upper market and sit near valancia and market where they have a bicycle signal and i am walking around to see where the bicycles signals are which the bicyclists don't use them that they put up there for them, but i am sure if you put one on sixth and market it would be utilized and i am glad the commander said today that how to get more enforcement in certain areas so i would have to start calling 311 or non emergency about bicyclists running down pedestrians and we didn't hear anything about that
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but the money that is spent but when you walk in that area on market and five, ethsixth and seventh and maybe moving the bike street to mission street. okay. since we're going to be doing that why don't we let the bicyclists help out and doing a registration on bicyclists but no we won't do that because the coalition won't let you. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. sue vaughn. i am happy to see all the folks on pedestrian safety and thank you supervisor kim for calling this hearing. i don't want to -- muni drivers have gotten a bad rap in the recent areas and i don't want to add to that because they have hard jobs but they have a pattern and it's endemic
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driving through lights or yellow lights and if articulated like geary and change to red while they're in the intersection. it happens all the time. i think sf mta and the other agencies need to look into this and why it's happening and the first people i would go is the drivers themselves to ask discreetly. why is this happening? maybe they don't have enough time to complete their runs and they need more time. i know part of the program is addressed in the tep because the bus stops are moved from the far intersection -- from the near intersection into the far intersection and that will help, but in the meantime i would look into finding out why that happens and it happens all the time and it's very dangerous. in addition when you're looking at the streets south of market i would find out what it takes to change some of those streets into two
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way streets because that would be traffic calming. one way to two way throughout the city in san francisco -- especially south of market. thank you. >> thank you ms. vaughn. >> hi. my name is vida marie. this is ol ga. [speaking spanish] >> so i'm sorry. i'm going to translate for her. so yes she said when i starting to walking
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in the area and 60th district i am feeling. >> >> insecure because it's dangerous for a person and also the childrens and the people handicapped. it's more when i use the time when i am walking, when i bring my daughter, when everybody is walking in the mornings when there is a lot of traffic. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> [inaudible] and i really, really support any kind of [inaudible] to the people and the safety and i can say because i don't live in the city -- displaced many years ago and i live in the bay area but anyway i working right here, and i see in the mornings when i come to work how many times how difficult it is for people to crossing the streets and why? it's because many people who
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have a drivers license -- i don't know if they know how to drive but always rushing the time back and forth and it's hard and difficult for all childrens, for all families, for people handicapped who is working in the streets and it's dangerous because it's easy -- they can be hit from the cars so i would like to see more attention from the board of supervisors for all the members of the city officials to pay more attention to this issue because we don't want drivers like that driving this kind of way. we need safety in the streets in san francisco. anyway thank you so much and have a great day. >> thank you. >> hi. my name is seseala [inaudible]. [speaking spanish]
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>> i am seseala [inaudible] >> [speaking spanish] >> talked about the street that the drivers don't pay too many attention. >> [speaking spanish] >> she doesn't know what to do go forward or go backwards? >> [speaking spanish] >> and that's why we need more safety in district 6. thank you. >> thank you. >> i am jesus perez and i have family that came here. they had to go pick up their kids from school. i will read one from theresa lopez and a resident from here in san francisco in district 6 and she takes her kids early in the morning to school and she sees lots of heavy traffic in the area of the school district so she wanted to inform you board of supervisors to do something about the area. thank you very much. >> thank you mr. perez and i do want to call my last two
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remaining -- i'm sorry. my last remaining card and that is mark bolton but if you didn't hear your name called or not called feel free to step up and line up behind mr. bolton. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am lori leaderman and i came to speak on item six so i will be sticking around but i wanted to talk about auto and pedestrian safety. i am a alarmed at one of the unintentional consequences in greening medians. they're beautiful but they grow. they create barriers to vision. two areas are viz diro when plants are growing and extend into the lane in the median in a number of locations. at intersections this is a hazard for legal left turns and block the on coming traffic. also if a pedestrian
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is in the middle of the crosswalk they are less visible to the driver and difficult to see the vehicles. another location this is occurring is on kirkham where a strategy to traffic calm and this creates a vision barrier hiding pedestrians from drivers so my request is in planning these median strips please plan ahead and we are focused on costs and there are maintenance cost and less of a focus. keeping this in mind if plants are part of pedestrian safety or other improvements maintain them so blind intersections are not the outcome. thank you. >> thank you ms. leaderman. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am mark bolton. i'm a teacher at se carmichael school. i am
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here to advocate for the kids in san francisco and their importance in this project. i have worked for many -- many years i worked in bay view. we lost a kid when i taught at brent hart and lost a kid at another school where i worked and we haven't lost a kid recently but we had kids hurt and i live in the area and i haven't seen street so dangerous as d6 and around that area and i want to make sure that we give appropriate funding and attention to the public safety and d6 and soma and i would like this to be a school where we don't lose a kid. thank you. >> thank you mr. bolton. >> hello my name is lisa and i am with som cam in district 6, the soma neighborhood. our district is the most dangerous
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in the city to live and work if you're a pedestrian. soma alone has five different freeway entrances and exits and betsy carmichael is the only elementary and middle school in the area and that is located right by the freeway. i would like to thank the leadership of supervisor zane kim and all the key players who contributessed to making pedestrian safety and the strategy plan happen. it is a long awaited plan that is urgently needed especially in d6. we want to see real enforcement and we ask the board to make sure the mayor's strategy to prioritize d6 which is soma is part of that, so we would like to enforce the key strategies where they're needed the most, so if the sf mta is going to extend crossing times
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for pedestrians at 160 places annually we want to know how many of those are going to d6 and when? how are we going to prioritize reengineering streets with traffic calming and pedestrian improvements around arterial schools like the tenderloin elementary and betty carmichael and hard to incorporate and if the sf mta is installing at one eighty four intersections by 2001. how can we get d6 prioritized? and again it's a great plan but we want to make it prioritizes soma and d6 and we're a neighborhood that is thought of -- [inaudible] instead of neighborhood that deserves to have public safety prioritized. >> thank you. >> i don't know if you called
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me. i had to step out. gill chrisbol of new district eight. pedestrian safety is always an important issue to new district eight, voters and tax payers. i thank supervisor kim for having this hearing on this issue, but we should also fix our sidewalks where pedestrians walk. bulging sidewalks, broken concrete needs to be fixed so we don't have trip and fall accidents that hurt everyone. also bicycles chill. pedestrians along with skate boarders are a major problem in new district eight, and i want to talk about the signage that went up at market and guerrero. i have been voicing my concern about this for a long time, so